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Daily News Digest – August 9, 2019




Good morning!
Here’s your Daily News for Friday, August 9.


1. School Board, lawmakers talk teacher shortage.

  • Alabama education groups in 2020 will again push for the creation of better retirement benefits, blaming the current pension plan for at least part of the state’s teacher shortage.
  • But some State House leaders say a teacher recruitment fix should be more narrowly tailored than a proposal that died in the 2019 legislative session.
  • Increased pay, including a possible raise in 2021, is a better way to attract new educators, one lawmaker said.
  • At an Alabama State Board of Education meeting Thursday, members of the teacher shortage task force rattled off concerning statistics…
  • Since 2010, there’s been a 40% decrease in students entering teacher education programs;
  • 8% of teachers leave the profession each year, and only about one-third of those departures are due to retirement;
  • 30% of Alabama classrooms are taught by “out of field” teachers with no background in the subject they’re teaching.
  • There was some back-and-forth about this issue in this past legislative session, and it looks like there will be again next time.
  • ADN’s Mary Sell has the full story, which is worth your time this morning.
  • Read more HERE.


2. Ivey opines on the Mobile Bayway.

  • Gov. Kay Ivey has a special op-ed in today’s Daily News on the subject of the Mobile Bayway project.
  • The proposed $2.1 billion bridge project has been the subject of intense criticism in Alabama’s coastal counties, and the issue has gone statewide.
  • In her op-ed, Ivey makes the case for pressing forward with the plan, offering a little history and pushing back against some of the rumors circulating.
  • Here’s an excerpt:
“Building a bridge over a major shipping channel with an active waterfront, as is the case in downtown Mobile, was always going to be a challenge even when the price tag was projected to be $850 million. In recent months, the effort to consider a toll to help pay for this project – where the price tag has climbed to more than $2 billion – has only added to the challenge.
“Most people agree a new bridge is necessary. However, the most significant obstacle has always been how to pay for it. As governor, I am committed to looking at all reasonable solutions to move this project forward…
“Finding the money to pay for this project – the biggest infrastructure project in our state’s history – was never going to be easy. Be assured, we will continue to look to Washington for additional help that can make this project a reality.”
  • Read the full piece HERE.




A message from
The Boeing Company
Boeing highlighted this week’s 2019 Space & Missile Defense Symposium with a salute to the warfighter, capping off two full days of exhibitions, seminars and networking opportunities for the space and missile defense community.
Each year, the symposium brings together experts from government, industry and academia to discuss the latest capabilities for national defense and to share new developments and applications for technologies in space.
Hundreds of attendees joined Boeing leaders and military officers to toast today’s warfighters, their families, and veterans, and to acknowledge foundational partnerships with industry, academia and research institutes that continuously advance military technologies.

3. Training starts for youth sports coaches, volunteers.

  • The Alabama Department of Public Health is reminding youth sports volunteers about new required annual safety training to make sure young kids are staying safe in youth sports.
  • Passed by the Legislature last year, the Coach Safety Act of 2018 requires volunteer coaches or trainers associated with youth athletics involving children under the age of 14 to complete five training requirements on an annual basis.
  • The goal of the training is to make sure all coaches or volunteers are able to properly respond and prevent serious injuries for children.
  • The law applies to athletic coaches and trainers statewide for football, basketball, soccer, baseball, softball, volleyball, cheerleading, ice hockey and field hockey, lacrosse and other sports considered high risk for serious injury.
  • Concussions, heat exhaustion, equipment usage, and heart abnormalities are some of the things coaches will be trained on.
  • Read more from Caroline Beck HERE.


4. Two arrested after road rage shooting.


  • A man shot at another parent in a suspected road rage incident during morning drop-off Thursday at an Alabama elementary school, police said.
  • No one was injured in the shooting that happened in the parking lot of Blount Elementary School in Montgomery on Thursday morning, said Montgomery Department of Public Safety Spokeswoman Martha Earnhardt.
  • The Montgomery Police Department said in a news release that the two men got into an argument after a traffic dispute in the parking lot of the school. Police said one of the men then shot at the other.
  • Authorities said 38-year-old Isaiah Johnson was arrested on charges of discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle.
  • Full story HERE.


5. Filmore tapped for top legislative role.

  • Gov. Kay Ivey has named William Filmore as Director of Legislative Affairs.
  • In that role, he’ll serve as the lead conduit between the Governor’s Office and the Alabama Legislature.
  • Ivey’s office confirmed the staff promotion when contacted by Alabama Daily News this week. Filmore replaces Jared White, who recently left to take a position managing governmental affairs for Auburn University.
  • “He is extremely valuable, and I am proud to be promoting him to serve as Director of Legislative Affairs,” Ivey said.
  • Fillmore has served in state government since 2015, starting as Governmental Relations Coordinator at the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency before joining Ivey’s staff in 2017. He previously worked as the governor’s House Liaison and Director of Local Governmental Affairs.
  • Full story HERE.



ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Teacher recruitment, retirement will be legislative issue in 2020
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Police: 2 men arrested after road rage shooting at school
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Youth sports coaches, volunteers must do annual safety training
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Ivey taps William Filmore for top legislative post
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Kay Ivey: For Mobile Bayway Project, The Cost of Doing Nothing is Too High
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Daily News Digest – August 8, 2019
INSIDE ALABAMA POLITICS – Full Audio: Tuberville on Trump and veterans
INSIDE ALABAMA POLITICS – On conference call, Alabama Democrats face leadership fallout
AL.COM  – Mississippi residents rally around children of detained immigrants
AL.COM  – Laney to head Alabama Office of Apprenticeship
AL.COM  – Fox’s Brian Kilmeade brings “America: Great from the Start” to Alabama this weekend
AL.COM  – Program arming Alabama administrators ‘active’ but details secret
AL.COM  – Red flag laws already exist for domestic abusers; a look at how well they work
AL.COM  – Methodist dissenters sign letter of apology to gay community
AL.COM  – Bible course in Alabama public school draws fire from watchdog group
Montgomery Advertiser – Prattville capital murder case goes forward
Montgomery Advertiser – City denies Yellowhammer Cafe restaurant the right to operate
Montgomery Advertiser – ‘He’s not a bad guy,’ friend says: Dad arrested after Blount Elementary shooting
YellowHammer News – Birmingham man accused of selling guns illegally to buyers in US and Mexico
YellowHammer News – Mo Brooks ranked number one for record on foundational principles
YellowHammer News – Watch: Alabama’s aerospace industry highlighted at ‘Prepare for Launch’ News Shapers event
Dothan Eagle – Montgomery school locked down after shots fired by a father in student drop-off line
Dothan Eagle – Sewell: No ransom or data breach in cyber attack
Dothan Eagle – Enterprise restaurant robbed by gunpoint, police search for suspect
Tuscaloosa News – Northport man charged with child porn possession
Tuscaloosa News – West Alabama under heat advisory until Friday night
Tuscaloosa News – Family of shooting victim plead for end to violence
Decatur Daily – Youth detention center sued in death claim for allowing teens to escape
Decatur Daily – Huntsville man in Limestone Jail, accused of having wife’s corpse, killing Ardmore man
Decatur Daily – Jackson: Planned park doesn’t meet low-income grant intent
Times Daily – Authorities mum on body IDs
Times Daily – Colbert, Lauderdale counties get $200K from RSA project
Times Daily – El Nino fades so forecasters expect busier hurricane season
Gadsden Times – Family seeks changes after 7-year-old girl injured at Noccalula Falls
Gadsden Times – CCAA names Heather New as Chamber Professional of the Year
Gadsden Times – School, community members hand out high-fives at Doneho
Anniston Star – Phillip Tutor: Anniston’s students, family vacations and a Caprice Classic
Anniston Star – Saks High School offers students manufacturing certification
Anniston Star – Munford teen charged as adult in alleged assault of officer
Troy Messenger – Boswell, Reed recovering after wreck that killed 3
Troy Messenger – WELCOME BACK: Covenant Christian students return to school
Troy Messenger – Brundidge Council accepts lot, BOE plans to build recreation complex
Andalusia Star News – Marching Black and Gold ready for jungle themed show
Andalusia Star News – Gulf Air Group coming to airport twin hangars
Andalusia Star News – Veterans to be honored on Friday at South Alabama Regional Airport
Opelika-Auburn News – Police: 2 men arrested after road rage shooting at school
Opelika-Auburn News – Police urge caution during back-to-school
Opelika-Auburn News – Police reports from Aug. 8
Daily Mountain Eagle – It’s that-a-way: Jasper Main Street installs new downtown signs
Daily Mountain Eagle – New employees welcomed in Jasper City Schools
Daily Mountain Eagle – Council looks at sidewalk blueprints
Trussville Tribune – YWCA Central Alabama hiring for 42 positions for AmeriCorps program
Trussville Tribune – Immigrants lock doors, rally around children of detained
Trussville Tribune – Former Alabama judge guilty of ethics violations
Athens News Courier – THE LATEST: Man faces 2nd capital murder charge in connection to wife’s death
Athens News Courier – LCBOE personnel actions for July 30
Athens News Courier – COUNTY SCHOOLS: Student among 1st to attend class via robot
Sand Mountain Reporter – MCCVB markets Marshall County
Sand Mountain Reporter – Kitchens’ lunchroom legislation signed into law | State schools can now provide students leftovers
Sand Mountain Reporter – Diamond Rio, Adam Hood to headline Fort Payne Boom Days
WSFA Montgomery – Patron shot while trying to stop Dollar General robbery
WSFA Montgomery – Parent charged in road rage shooting outside elementary school
WSFA Montgomery – Alabama needs more teachers; state aims to solve the problem
Fox 6 Birmingham – B’ham police investigating homicide near UAB campus
Fox 6 Birmingham – Parent charged in road rage shooting outside elementary school
Fox 6 Birmingham – Anniston council passes two new animal ordinances
WAFF Huntsville – Family of murder victim sues Madison juvenile facility
WAFF Huntsville – Police: Scottsboro teen lied about shooting friend in the face
WAFF Huntsville – Huntsville City Council votes to change city salary schedule, give office of mayor a raise
WKRG Mobile – UPDATE: One suspect charged in shootout with MPD booked into jail
WKRG Mobile – Person struck by lightning in Baldwin County
WKRG Mobile – Pensacola Beach charter school’s first day delayed because of legal battle
WTVY Dothan – Houston County Schools Superintendent says there was no data breach in malware attack
WTVY Dothan – DCS cell phone policy drafts would make cell phone use a Class III Offense
WTVY Dothan – 92 Malnourished dogs found at Holmes County home
WASHINGTON POST  – U.S. defends secretive Mississippi ICE raids as local, state officials decry effect on children
WASHINGTON POST  – Illegal crossings at U.S. southern border drop for second consecutive month
WASHINGTON POST  – Contributor Joyce White Vance: Prosecutors pick their battles. I chose not to pursue an ICE raid in Alabama
NEW YORK TIMES  – El Paso Massacre Upends White Nationalists’ Normalization Strategy
NEW YORK TIMES  – Trump Weighs New Stance on Guns as Pressure Mounts After Shootings

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